Some good friends just had their second baby boy and we couldn’t wait to go visit them! I had to try to give them a few weeks to settle in before pleading to come and visit. “We’ll bring dinner!” always sweetens the deal. ;)

Is it obvious that I’m a tad anxious to be a Mom? (I am.)

How precious is he?!

After much thought, I decided to make a lasagna because I could make it ahead of time and comfort foods are still in full force here in chilly and snowy Minneapolis. I also made them some bacon & broccoli quiche and spicy pork for them to eat and/or freeze for a different time. (I’ve heard that the weeks after having a baby are a tad crazy and wanted to do whatever I could to help!)

The Taster was especially happy that it made an additional 8×8 pan – I’m fairly certain all of his meals when I’m gone this week will contain some sort of pasta. (Except for that quiche.)

Chicken, Artichoke & Mushroom Lasagna

  • 16 oz lasagna noodles
  • 8 oz sliced mushrooms
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cans artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
  • 1 rotisserie chicken, chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 15 oz part skim ricotta cheese
  • 16 oz shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 cups shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1.5 – 25 oz large jars of marinara

 

Cook lasagna noodles in boiling water as directed.

Pre-heat oven to 375°.

Heat olive oil in large pan. Add mushrooms and saute for about 3-4 minutes, until lightly browned.

Combine chicken, mushrooms, artichokes, egg, ricotta, 1 cup Parmesan and 1 cup mozzarella cheese in large bowl.

Spread 1/2 cup marinara on bottom of pan. Layer noodles, chicken mixture and sprinkle with remaining cheese. Repeat until all ingredients are gone. (I used a 9×13 pan and an 8×8 pan)

Cover with foil and bake for about 40 minutes. Remove foil and bake for another 10 minutes until cheese is golden brown.


25 Comments (Reply )

  1. Sarah Jayne
    Mar 10, 2011 @ 8:38 am

    Oooooo look at that sweet lil one. !!!! I hope my friends start having babies soon, because I am not ready for my own but definitely want to snuggle them, and hand them back when they start to cry :)

    Delicious lasagna!! Your friend was probably SO incredibly grateful for a weeks worth of food, hassle free!!!

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  2. Mellissa
    Mar 10, 2011 @ 9:01 am

    He is seriously cute!

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  3. Estela @ Weekly Bite
    Mar 10, 2011 @ 9:47 am

    What a cutie!!!!

    That lasagna sounds delicious :)

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  4. Sarah @ OneLoveSarah
    Mar 10, 2011 @ 10:14 am

    cute! I’ve been wanting to make some lasagna and yours looks seriously good.

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  5. Kristin
    Mar 10, 2011 @ 1:51 pm

    Adorable! Quick question–if you are going to make something like this for someone to have at a later time, do you bake it and then freeze it and warm up later or do they freeze it and then bake it (hope this question makes sense)?

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    • Emily
      Mar 10, 2011 @ 6:24 pm

      Yes, bake it and then freeze! Then they can just thaw and re-heat. :)

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  6. Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner
    Mar 10, 2011 @ 2:25 pm

    Awwwwe, he is such a cutie!!! :D

    Your lagsana sounds AMAZING!!! :D I want to make that for dinner tonight! :D

    xoxo
    Kathleen

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  7. Michelle {The Lively Kitchen}
    Mar 10, 2011 @ 3:37 pm

    The lasagna looks good, but I’m much more interested in the baby. Such a cutie! You look like a natural holding a newborn, although you look a little too rested and put together. :)

    I know your friends appreciated both dinner and the company.

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  8. Rachel @ The Avid Appetite
    Mar 10, 2011 @ 4:32 pm

    Yes! That looks fantastic! I love sneaking in some veggies :) Sweet pic too.

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  9. Katie @ Real Food Katie's Way
    Mar 10, 2011 @ 4:52 pm

    Bookmarked! Thanks!

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  10. Katie @ Real Food Katie's Way
    Mar 10, 2011 @ 4:53 pm

    OH and PS!

    The baby looks good on you ;)

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  11. janetha @ meals and moves
    Mar 10, 2011 @ 5:22 pm

    This looks like SUCH a great recipe. Side note: you have the best hair.

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    • Emily
      Mar 10, 2011 @ 9:41 pm

      I will take that as a serious compliment even though I think it is thin and straggly. :)

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  12. Lauren @ Fun, Fit and Fabulous!
    Mar 10, 2011 @ 7:42 pm

    Oh my goodness he is too cute. I have to admit I have a little bit of baby fever too, but my husband says no way for a few more years. :( Our time will come! Your lasagna looks amazing!

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    • Emily
      Mar 10, 2011 @ 9:40 pm

      Why don’t guys understand baby fever?!? We can’t help it!! ;)

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  13. Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum
    Mar 10, 2011 @ 10:05 pm

    Cute! I love that you are excited to be a mom. :) You can have a baby and I can make this lasagna and all will be right with the world!

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    • Emily
      Mar 10, 2011 @ 10:28 pm

      Don’t have to twist my arm!! ;)

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  14. Dana
    Mar 11, 2011 @ 11:34 am

    This sounds so delicious! If you ever want to make an extra pan to send to NY just let me know LOL

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  15. Kristy
    Mar 11, 2011 @ 4:09 pm

    Awww, how adorable! You look like a natural! :)

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  16. Tiffany @ Simply Shaka
    Mar 11, 2011 @ 9:39 pm

    That recipe sounds great! I’ve never made lasagna with chicken before but it sounds like a fun way to mix it up. I love it because I can freeze it, nuke it then bam–perfect quick meal!

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  17. Sagan
    Mar 12, 2011 @ 7:05 am

    Omigosh sounds soooo yummy! Mmmmm. I like that you used a rotisserie chicken for it.

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  18. Katie@Cozydelicious
    Mar 12, 2011 @ 8:09 am

    Your lasagna looks awesome! Lasagna is always what I bring to new parents too – and I’v ebeen making a lot of lasagna lately as all my friends seem to be having babies right now!

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  19. Dawn (HealthySDLiving)
    Mar 14, 2011 @ 9:19 am

    OMG sooooo cute! :) My best friend is due any day now and I seriously can’t wait to hold her little girl! SO exciting!

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  20. Lori@FakeFoodFree
    Mar 19, 2011 @ 4:22 pm

    What a cutie! This is such a great recipe! I’m always looking for ways to use artichokes besides the typical dip.

    Reply

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